Monday, March 26, 2012

Garlicky Turkey Stuffed Peppers

I have been MIA due to a recent family tragedy, but am ready to get back into training/cooking/blogging mode!

Before I start to tell you about these delectable garlicky stuffed peppers, I want to mention the Guilford family and ask all my readers to please keep them in your prayers. They suddenly lost their beautiful 7 month old baby boy, Callan, on March 7th. Jesus gained an angel on that day, but the family has a long road ahead of recovery and I pray they will find peace and understanding in the Lord.

Since I have been spending a lot of time with family I haven't needed to cook much, and oh how I have missed it! We have been having such beautiful weather the past week, which is unusual for Boston this time of year, (I am talking 80 degrees in March people!) so I have had my fair share of burgers and wings on the grill trying to make myself believe it is summer time already......but today we are back to 40 degree days. Sad face.

Anyways, on to the stuffed peppers!

Please excuse the poor image.
My shopping for a new camera was put on hold!

I am a believer that you can never have too much garlic, and these stuffed peppers are no exception. This is an extremely simple and quick recipe for a busy weekday night.

1 lb ground turkey
5 cloves garlic, minced (or however much you'd like!)
1 29oz can low sodium tomato sauce
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 TB basil
1 TB oregano
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 TB olive oil
6 small/medium green peppers
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
Salt & pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Heat oil over med/high heat in a large skillet. Add turkey and cook until browned, 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional 3 minutes (I should note that I ALSO add a little bit of garlic powder at this point to kick the garlic factor up that much more!). Stir in the tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, rice and spices and simmer over a low heat to combine flavors, about 8-10 mins.

Lightly spray a baking dish with oil cooking spray. Cut the tops off of each green pepper and line them up in the baking dish. Fill each pepper just to the top with the ground turkey and garlic mixture. Bake for 20 mins or until peppers are tender. Then, top each pepper with the mozzarella cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes.

I served mine with some roasted corn and they were just garlic heaven <3

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